The HR I.Q. Test.

  1. In which state do the highest percentage of people say they're happy at work (and the lowest)?

    1. Highest: Hawaii; Lowest: Washington, D.C.

    2. Highest: Maine; Lowest: Ohio

    3. Highest: California; Lowest: Alaska

  2. What's the most popular reason that people take FMLA leave?

    1. For a child or spouse's illness

    2. For their own illness

    3. For a new child

  3. A decade ago, the average HR staff-to-employee ratio at U.S. organizations was 1.0 HR employees per 100 workers served. What is the average ratio today?

    1. 0.8

    2. 1.1

    3. 1.5

  4. When it comes to celebrating employees' life events (birthdays, etc.) at work, what percentage of organizations actively help:

    1. 60%

    2. 43%

    3. 77%

  5. Which level of workers most often say they're stressed at their jobs?

    1. Entry-level/administrative

    2. Professional/technical

    3. Senior management

  6. What kind of rest breaks does federal law require?

    1. At least two 15-minute breaks every eight hours

    2. One 30-minute break every eight hours

    3. Federal law doesn't mandate rest breaks, but some state laws do

  7. What did SHRM's CEO say last year created an "HR level of activity like nothing we've ever seen"?

    1. Confusion over tax law withholding

    2. Political disputes in the workplace

    3. #MeToo sexual harassment complaints

  8. Which age group suffers the highest rate of on-the-job fatal accidents?

    1. 16-24

    2. 34-45

    3. 55 and up

  9. For the first time since 2000, the number of U.S. job openings is higher than the number of...

    1. People planning to quit this year

    2. Unemployed people

    3. Federal workers

  10. Americans used an average of 17.2 vacation days last year, the most since 2010. In which states did employees take the most vacation--and the least?

    1. Most: Colorado; Least: Montana

    2. Most: Florida; Least: New York

    3. Most: Arizona; Least: Illinois

  11. Who is more willing to accept a promotion without a salary increase?

    1. Male employees

    2. Female employees

    Answers: 1. a 2. b 3. c 4. a 5. a 6. c 7. c 8. c 9. b 10. a 11. a Sources: 1. Sokanu survey; 2. U.S. Department of Labor; 3. Bloomberg BNA study; 4. SHRM recognition survey; 5. CareerBuilder survey; 6. Department of Labor; 7. NPR Radio interview; 8. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; 9. Department of Labor; 10. Project Time Off survey; 11. Office Team survey of HR professionals

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